Agreements Between Julia Butterfly Hill and Pacific Lumber
PUBLIC STATEMENT OF JULIA BUTTERFLY HILL
Above the little town of Stafford, California, there is an ancient redwood tree that stands today, and now in perpetuity, as a symbol of hope.
For over 2-years, I engaged in a tree-sit, a continuous vigil in an over 1,000 year-old redwood giant now known as "Luna," located on the Pacific Lumber Company's property in Humboldt County, California. I lived on a six-foot by eight-foot, tarp-covered platform nestled in the branches of Luna, 180 feet above the ground. An intensely dedicated support team provided me with food, water and supplies. I survived two extremely fierce Northern California winters. International media and millions of people throughout the world have observed this story unfolding.
The President of the Pacific Lumber Company, John Campbell, has recognized that I believe Luna has come to hold ecological and historical value of great importance to the world. The Pacific Lumber Company has extended permanent protection for Luna and a reasonable buffer zone necessary for the tree's protection, in the form of a Preservation Agreement and Deed of Covenant. This Covenant and Agreement were both diligently negotiated in good faith by all involved.
The Pacific Lumber Company had taken an unprecedented courageous step towards ending the timber wars. Their initiative in this agreement and covenant symbolizes hope that a new era of peace and cooperation has begun between the timber industry and environmentalists between corporations and communities. Luna stands to beautifully symbolize this hope and to represent that which is good and decent about humans in our relationships to each other and our connection to the natural world.
The Pacific Lumber Company has informed me that it is trying to build bridges with the environmental community. I hope they are successful. Towards that end, I have pledged that I will no longer tree-sit on Pacific Lumber's property. The Company's 1,300 employees have the right to support their families so long as the company complies with stringent environmental protections
Though I do not believe that existing law goes far enough to protect the environment, I recognize that the company generally regards the environmental protections agreed to in the Headwaters Agreement to be extraordinary in their scope and sensitivity to Coho salmon and other endangered species.
LUNA PRESERVATION AGREEMENT
A. The Pacific Lumber Company, Scotia Pacific Company LLC, and Salmon Creek Corporation (collectively "PALCO") own certain real property located in Humboldt County, California.
B. Julia Butterfly Hill ("Julia") has engaged in a two-year tree-sit in a tree known as "Luna" located on PALCO property.
C. Luna holds ecological and historical value of great importance to Julia and others.
D. In order to preserve Luna, PALCO and Julia agree that PALCO shall enter into a COVENANT TO RESTRICT USE OF PROPERTY with Sanctuary Forest, a third party land trust, marked EXHIBIT 1, pursuant to the CLOSING PROCEDURES, marked EXHIBIT 2. both of which are attached to this Preservation Agreement, and incorporated herein by this reference as though fully set forth.
E. Upon the closing as described in the CL08ING PROCEDURES, the PALCO entity owning Luna and the real property upon which Luna is located, particularly described in ATTACHMENT A to EXHIBIT 2 (the "Luna Property"), agrees to hold, use, sell, dispose of, control the use of, encumber and convey, preserve and protect Luna and the Luna Property subject to the attached COVENANT TO RESTRICT USE OF PROPERTY.
F. Julia agrees to descend from Luna pursuant to the terms of the CLOSING PROCEDURES and shall never re-enter PALCO property in the future without permission or engage in any other tree-sits on property owned by PALCO.
G. After Julia's descent, PALCO will release the statement attached hereto as EXHIBIT 3 and Julia will release the statement attached hereto as EXHIBIT 4.
H. PALCO agrees that following the closing and Julia's descent pursuant to the CLOSING PROCEDURES, Luna and the Luna Property shall be left undisturbed in perpetuity pursuant to the terms and conditions of the COVENANT TO RESTRICT USE OF PROPERTY.
The Pacific Lumber Company,
(Signed and notarized 12/15/99)
(Signed and notarized 12/15/99)
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